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What is Oral Cancer?

Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to the surrounding tissues. Oral cancer is a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue,cheeks,floor of mouth, tongue and hard and soft palate can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. It is the sixth most common cancer reported globally. It accounts for over 30% of all cancers in India. Despite the fact that the oral cavity is accessible for visual examination and that oral cancer and premalignant lesions have well-defined clinical diagnostic features, oral cancers are typically detected in their advanced stages. In fact, in India, 60-80% of patients present with advanced disease as compared to 40% in developed countries.

Who is at risk of oral cancer?

Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop oral cancer. A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a disease. Tobacco in the form of chewing tobacco and smoking tobacco is the most common risk factor along with heavy alcohol consumption.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The professionals at US dental are highly qualified and equipped with latest technology to diagnose and treat gum disease at any stage.After thorough clinical assessment aided by X ray examinations, diagnosis of gum (periodontal) disease is established and treatment is rendered depending upon the stage the disease is in.

1. Early signs include white patch (Leukoplakia) or a red patch (Erythroplakia) on soft tissues of the mouth
2. Mouth sores that do not resolve in 14 days
3. Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
4. Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, neck, or ear.
5. Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
6. Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice (especially slurred speech).
7. A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together.
8. Dramatic weight loss.
9. A lump in the neck.

Methods of Oral cancer detection at US Dental

Early detection of Oral Cancer can save lives

If you notice any mouth ulcers which do not resolve in 2 weeks or know any friend or relative with the similar situation,
please call to schedule your oral cancer screening today…

Exfoliative Cytology

This test involves gently scraping cells from the suspicious area with the help of a piece of cotton, a brush or wooden stick. Cells are then viewed under microscope to find out if they are abnormal.


This test involves removing a small piece of suspicious lesion with the help of a scalpel. Local anesthesia is used to make the procedure painless. Biopsy sample is then sent out to an oral pathologist to help in the diagnosis of the lesion.